First Volvo/Heliox charging station for Gothenburg

Volvo Buses and Heliox have inaugurated a new charging station for electric buses based on the common OppCharge interface at the Volvo Group R&D premises in Gothenburg. The OppCharge standard enables electrified buses and charging stations from different manufacturers to be used together to further the introduction of electric bus systems.

The latest installation is Heliox’s 20th charging station for electric buses in Scandinavia.

The aim of the venture is to cooperate on the development and commercialisation of electric buses and electric hybrid buses equipped with systems for DC opportunity charging using open standards. 

With the new charging station, Volvo is demonstrating that the company’s electric buses are compatible with chargers from several different manufacturers. OppCharge is now being implemented as a common interface in more than 12 countries. Heliox charging systems can currently charge up to 450kW and in the near future it will be possible to charge 600kW.

“We are happy to work together with Heliox inaugurating yet another charging station based on the open interface for opportunity charging, OppCharge,” says Jessica Sandström, senior vice president City Mobility, Volvo Buses.

“With OppCharge the world’s cities can rest assured that electric buses and charging infrastructure from different manufacturers are compatible with one another and that there is no risk of being restricted to specific manufacturers. This creates the right preconditions for accelerated transition to electric bus systems in cities all over the world.”

The commissioning of the charging system at Volvo premises is the first cooperation between Volvo and Heliox with the two companies due to work together on the impending launch of electric buses and charging systems in Luxembourg.

“High quality chargers with a high capacity and efficiency is the solid base for an electric mobile future and the vision of Heliox automotive”, adds Heliox’s Bob Bouhuijs. “In the future Heliox will work closely with bus OEMs like Volvo to globally spread this vision and to contribute to sustainable and cost-effective transport solutions.”

Heliox has its headquarters in The Netherlands and has local offices in the UK, Australia, Singapore & India.